06 Oct

How your title deeds could make you liable for archaic obligations

Those unaware of restrictive covenants can become liable for life-changing sums out of the blueTom and Lisa Aldiss* had just bought their first home when the demand arrived. A housing association they had never heard of claimed the developer had breached a...

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04 Oct

Gini index is a poor inequality measure | Letter

Graham Sowter takes issue with a recent letter by Tim Worstall of the Adam Smith Institute that cited data suggesting that income inequality has decreased slightly in the UK in the last decadeThere are lies, damned lies and Gini index statistics. A...

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04 Oct

Let’s move to Croydon, south London: is Stormzy’s birthplace the Centre of the Universe?

It’s been through countless incarnations, but it could just be its time has comeWhat’s going for it? Croydon’s had more reinventions than Madonna, more facelifts than Joan Rivers, risen from the dead more times than Nosferatu. At various times, it has been...

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04 Oct

Homes for sale with a mooring – in pictures

From Devon to Cheshire, these waterside properties may well float your boat Continue reading… Continue Reading

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03 Oct

UK housebuilding falls to slowest quarterly rate for three years

Figures show new housing starts fell to 160,640 in June, 1% lower than a year agoHousebuilding across England has fallen to the slowest quarterly rate for three years, according to official figures, despite a promise by the government of a homebuilding revolution.Figures...

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01 Oct

UK house prices fall amid no-deal Brexit fears

Nationwide says prices in London dropped at an annual rate of 1.7% in SeptemberHouse prices in Britain unexpectedly fell last month amid mounting fears over the impact of no-deal Brexit on the property market.According to the latest snapshot from the Nationwide building...

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30 Sep

Nine out of 10 shared houses don’t have a living room. Here’s why we need them

Landlords are turning communal space into bedrooms, depriving tenants of somewhere to socialise. What does this mean for the health and happiness of Generation Rent?If confirmation were needed that the shared house is no longer a home but a collection of sleeping...

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29 Sep

The craft of the sliding door – in pictures

A peek inside Sky-Frame’s HQ, designed by architect Peter Kunz, where the company’s seamless systems are made for customers all over the world – from Hollywood villas to London hotels Continue reading… Continue Reading

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29 Sep

Flexform: inside the workshop of the furniture maker

At their factory in Meda, near Milan, the world-renowned Italian family business famed for its soft, sensual seating lets us watch its skilled workers in the process of making a piece of furniture… Continue reading… Continue Reading

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29 Sep

‘I gave away our stuff’: the minimalists doing more with less

Growing numbers of people, partly inspired by Marie Kondo, are ditching consumerism for a simpler lifeIt’s time to declutter. Fuelled in part by Marie Kondo’s call to eschew anything that does not “spark joy”, a growing number of people are questioning whether...

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